ConCert™ Examination

ABEM diplomates are required to pass an examination that assesses cognitive expertise once in years six through ten of their certification. The examination is referred to as the ConCert™ Examination.

Key Features of the ConCert™ Examination

  • Comprehensive, multiple-choice question examination that takes approximately five and one-quarter hours to complete.
  • Comprised of questions focused on what the practicing emergency physician needs to know when treating patients.
  • Questions derived from The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model).
  • Secure, proctored examination administered at over 200 computer-based Pearson VUE testing centers around the United States and Canada.
  • Physicians register for the ConCert™ Examination through their ABEM MOC Personal Page, then schedule a specific appointment with Pearson VUE to take the examination.
  • Passing the ConCert™ Examination early does not renew the diplomate’s certificate. Diplomates can register and take the exam during the scheduled ConCert™ exam administration in years six through ten of their certification.
  • Diplomates are not required to meet other MOC requirements to take the ConCertTM Examination. However, certification can only be renewed if all MOC requirements are met.

Taking the ConCert™ Examination

Information needed to prepare for and take the ConCert™ Examination can be found in the Information for ConCert™ Examination Candidates book. It also contains information related to scheduling, rescheduling, or canceling an examination appointment.

ConCert™ Examination Dates and Fees

ConCert™ Examination Quick Facts

  • 92% of physicians taking the 2014 ConCert™ Examination see value in the recertification process
  • Emergency physician performance on the ConCert™ Examination suggests that emergency physicians maintain diagnostic processing and medical knowledge over the course of their careers.
  • EM Milestones studies demonstrated validity and reliability as an assessment instrument for competency acquisition